Following the adjournment of the 2011 legislative session, Governor Branstad has been reviewing budget bills and other legislation approved on or before June 30th. Since then many bills, like the mental health reform bill, have been signed into law.
The Iowa Constitution provides the Governor with 30 days after adjournment to review legislation and either sign or veto the entire bill. In the case of budget bills, the Governor has the authority to line-item veto certain provisions of the bill.
This week, the governor will complete his review of the legislation and the 2011 legislative action will officially conclude. Most recently, Governor Branstad signed four budget bills in to law: Education, Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, Economic Development, and Standings.
In many of these bills, the Governor exercised his constitutional authority to veto various provisions. This is common practice.
For more information and to see the full list of vetoes, visit the governor’s website https://governor.iowa.gov/2011/07/gov-branstad-signs-four-bills-into-law/
One quick reminder about Iowa’s Sales Tax Holiday weekend. This year beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, August 5th through midnight on Saturday, August 6th, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing or footwear having a selling price of less than $100.00 per item. All businesses that are open on August 5th and 6th are required to participate. The holiday does not extend to Sunday. For more information, consumers should visit http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/holiday1.html
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my office at (515) 281-3521.